Google Pixel Watch vs. Apple Watch Series 8

Google Pixel Watch vs. Apple Watch Series 8

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The Apple Watch Series 8 has a caller rival: the Google Pixel Watch. Announced arsenic portion of October’s Made by Google event, it brings Google’s streamlined plan and bundle chops to the now-familiar smartwatch. It comes successful a sleek, circular, stainless-steel casing; runs connected Google’s ain Wear OS 3.5; offers health-and fitness-tracking bundle successful concern with Fitbit; and provides a adjuvant Emergency SOS feature.

At $350, it’s pricing puts it successful nonstop contention with the Apple Watch Series 8, which begins from $399. However, portion it has the Google sanction down it, conscionable however bully is it arsenic a smartwatch, and however does it comparison to Apple’s latest wearable? We find retired successful this examination test, which looks astatine the specs, designs, displays, software, and peculiar features of each device.

Specs

Apple Watch Series 8
Google Pixel Watch
Display size 41mm: 1.53 inches

45mm: 1.78 inches

1.2 inches
Body size 41mm

45mm

41mm
Resolution successful pixels 41mm: 352 x 430

45mm: 396 x 484

450 x 450
Touchscreen 41mm: LTPO OLED Retina, Always-on display

45mm: LTPO OLED Retina, Always-on display

AMOLED

Always-on display

Storage 32GB 32GB
Wireless interface Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, LTE Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, LTE
Depth 0.41 inches / 10.5mm 0.42 inches / 10.7mm
Blood oxygen sensor
Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Ambient airy sensor Yes Yes
Heart complaint sensor Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes
Water/dust resistant IP6X IP68
Battery life Up to 18 hours (36 hours successful Low Power mode) Up to 24 hours
Price From $399 From $350
Availability Apple Google
DT review 4.5 retired of 5 stars Hands-on

Design and display

Google Pixel Watch with a recycled loop strap.Andrew Martonik / Digital Trends

Google has fixed the Pixel Watch a characteristically minimal and cleanable design, with the instrumentality housed successful an 80%-recycled stainless-steel ellipse framework with a broadside button. It comes successful 3 colors — Matte Black, Polished Silver, and Champagne Gold — each of which comes with its ain peculiar strap design.

While you could reason that it doesn’t truly instrumentality immoderate plan risks, its compact size and tidy sculpting assistance to separate it from the established plan offered by the Apple Watch Series 8, which doesn’t truly depart from the squircle signifier of the Apple Watch 7. This means you get a prime of 2 sizes (41mm and 45mm, arsenic opposed to 41mm lone for the Pixel Watch), a prime of antithetic materials (aluminum and stainless steel), and a wide assortment of bands. Again, thing spectacular oregon retired of the ordinary, but this plan has worked good for Apple up until now, truthful it’s understandable that it isn’t departing from it conscionable yet.

The Apple Watch Series 8 features an always-on LTPO Retina OLED display, with the 41mm mentation having a solution of 352 x 430 pixels, versus the 45mm model, which offers 396 x 484 pixels. By contrast, the Pixel Watch houses a 1.2-inch AMOLED display, with a solution of 450 x 450 pixels. Both connection astir 1,000 nits max brightness, yet immoderate whitethorn beryllium enactment disconnected by the information that the Pixel Watch’s surface is noticeably smaller than adjacent that of the 41mm Apple Watch 8, which comes with 1.69-inch display. What this means is that the Pixel has tangibly larger bezels than Apple’s device, thing which whitethorn detract from its attractiveness for some.

Still, the show itself offers a akin pixel-per-inch density to that of the Apple Watch’s display, and fixed that it boasts a comparatively caller plan overall, this balances retired the ample bezels.

Winner: Tie

Performance, artillery life, and charging

Google Pixel Watch with a recycled loop strap connected  its charger.Andrew Martonik / Digital Trends

The Google Pixel Watch is powered by an Exynos 9110 chip, arsenic good arsenic a Cortex M33 co-processor. The 9110 is constructed utilizing a 10nm manufacturing process, which is worse compated to the 7nm process utilized with Apple’s S8 spot (a smaller fig means you tin battalion much transistors into the aforesaid space). As such, it’s apt that the Apple Watch Series 8 volition run a small much smoothly and quicker than the Pixel Watch, with Apple claiming that it’s 20% faster than the Apple Watch 7.

Moving to artillery talk, the Apple Watch Series 8 lasts astir 18 hours connected a azygous charge. This was confirmed by our review, which recovered the instrumentality ended astir days with astir 30% to 40% of its complaint remaining, adjacent erstwhile utilizing it consistently. As for the Pixel, Google promises that its 294 mAh artillery volition typically past astir 24 hours (note: the Apple Watch 8 has a 282mAh battery). While we haven’t tested it capable to corroborate this, the smaller surface size of the Pixel should so assistance it past a afloat time for astir users.

In presumption of charging, Google claims you tin instrumentality the Pixel to 50% successful 30 minutes and to 100% successful 80. With the Apple Watch, our reappraisal recovered that it tin spell from bare to 80% successful 45 minutes, truthful it has a flimsy borderline here. Combined with a faster processor, this gives it the win.

Winner: Apple Watch Series 8

Fitness and health-tracking features

Google Pixel Watch with a recycled loop strap.Andrew Martonik / Digital Trends

In keeping with its uncluttered design, the Google Pixel Watch offers the halfway scope of sensors you’d expect from a smartwatch successful 2022 without trying to beryllium arsenic broad arsenic the Apple Watch Series 8. Namely, it comes with a humor oxygen sensor, an electrical sensor, and an optical bosom complaint sensor (in summation to precise modular worldly specified arsenic a compass, altimeter, and accelerometer). In tandem with a Fitbit Premium subscription, which is offered for escaped for six months, this lets you way everything from the prime of your slumber to your bosom rate.

This is good, but it’s overshadowed somewhat by the sheer wealthiness of options provided by the Apple Watch Series 8. In opposition to its predecessor, it adds a caller tegument somesthesia sensor designed to observe precise subtle drops successful assemblage temperature, arsenic good arsenic a sensor underneath the show to way temperate changes during your sleep, some of which are aimed astatine detecting illnesses aboriginal and assisting with ovulation monitoring. On apical of this, it keeps the ECG, SpO2, bosom complaint monitor, and different sensors from erstwhile generations, making it precise almighty arsenic a fittingness and health-tracking device.

Winner: Apple Watch Series 8

Software and updates

An Apple Watch Series 8 showing its always-on display.Joe Maring/Digital Trends

As noted above, the Pixel Watch uses Wear OS 3.5 retired of the box. This features specified additions arsenic a UI refresh for improved at-a-glance fittingness information, a rejigged upwind app, much astute instrumentality integration options, arsenic good arsenic much workouts and customizability for third-party fittingness apps. It each makes for a cleanable and user-friendly OS, which is much oregon little precisely the aforesaid happening you tin accidental astir watchOS 9, which the Apple Watch Series 8 uses. This brings in four caller ticker faces, arsenic good arsenic respective Workout app updates, improved slumber tracking, atrial fibrillation (AFib) history, and a caller Medications app.

In presumption of updates, it’s apt that the Apple Watch volition beryllium supported with halfway updates for longer. That said, Google hasn’t yet clarified for however agelong it volition enactment the Pixel Watch, and fixed that it has improved its smartphone updating crippled successful the past mates of years, we’re leaving this circular a necktie — for now.

Winner: Tie

Special features

Car clang  detection connected  Apple Watch Series 8.Apple

There’s not overmuch successful it erstwhile it comes to peculiar features, with some boasting mostly the aforesaid perks. For instance, each has an always-on display, Emergency SOS functionality, autumn detection, and the quality to wage for worldly astatine stores (via Google Pay and Apple Pay, respectively).

That said, each has a mates of features that are a small unique. The Apple Watch, for example, besides includes clang detection, which uses a operation of the watch’s sensors and artificial quality to observe car accidents and automatically telephone 911 for assistance portion providing your determination and alerting your exigency contacts (only if you don’t respond to a notification wrong 10 seconds). As for the Pixel Watch, it has been IP68 and 5ATM certified, whereas the Apple Watch has lone IP6X certification, though Apple does affirm that it’s besides water-resistant up to 50 meters, similar the Pixel.

Winner: Tie

Price and availability

Google Pixel Watch with grey strap.Andrew Martonik / Digital Trends

The Pixel Watch is present disposable for preorder from Google, starting from $350 for its basal exemplary with GPS. There’s besides the enactment to person it with cellular LTE connectivity, which volition outgo $50 extra.

The Apple Watch Series 8 is disposable successful the U.S. and implicit 40 countries. The basal exemplary with GPS connectivity and 41mm lawsuit size costs $399, portion models with cellular connectivity commencement astatine $499. The 45mm exemplary starts astatine $429, portion its cellular sibling costs $529.

Overall winner: Apple Watch Series 8

The Apple Watch Series 8 whitethorn not person added excessively overmuch successful examination to the Apple Watch Series 7, but it does triumph retired against the Pixel Watch overall. Its superior show and much expansive health-tracking features springiness it the advantage, adjacent if the Pixel Watch surely has an appealing design, easy-to-use software, a bully scope of fittingness options, and immoderate invited peculiar features to boot. Of course, if you ain a Google Pixel smartphone (rather than an iPhone), it makes much consciousness to person a Pixel Watch to spell with it (and vice versa), and you surely won’t beryllium disappointed if you do.

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